Anndea Zeigler will have a chance to play basketball at the next level before family and friends and she couldn't be happier.
Cardinal O'Hara star and two-time All-Western New York first-team selection has verbally committed to continue her career as a student-athlete at Canisius College.
The 5-foot-8 Zeigler, the Monsignor Martin Association co-Player of the Year, helped the Hawks win their third straight postseason league title and fourth straight MMA regular-season crown last season.
Zeigler enters her senior year coming off a season in which the guard averaged 15.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game. She has 1,210 points, 417 away from matching the O'Hara record held by Leah McDonald. As a sophomore, she averaged 15.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game.
"They've been there since sophomore year and they've been waiting for me," Zeigler said. "They kept my offer on the table even though I went to other camps. It fit very well and it's my hometown. ... It's not often you get an offer from local schools so I wanted to take advantage of it and play before family and friends."
While Lancaster product Katie Healy graduated from St. Bonaventure, other locals have earned opportunities with Big 4 programs. Zeigler's teammate the past two seasons, Summer Hemphill, is entering her freshman year at University at Buffalo. Sacred Heart product Sarah Young is heading into her freshman year at St. Bonaventure. Western New York all-time scoring leader Mckenna Maycock of Randolph heads into her sophomore season at Bona. Amherst senior-to-be Clare Wanzler has already verbally committed to attend Niagara.
"Canisius was the school, they came after her the hardest," said O'Hara coach Nick O'Neil of Zeigler. "They really love her. They have a specific role they want her to do when she gets there. She had other offers from UB, Stonybrook and La Salle. She chose Canisius and stayed closer to home. ... It's a beautiful thing for local kids to stay at local schools."